Rachel Kirchhoff

Rachel A. Kirchhoff, 90, of Sumner, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at her rural Sumner home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at Union United Methodist Church of rural Sumner with Rev. Julie Ahrens officiating.  Interment will follow at the Church Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10th , at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday.

Rachel Alice, daughter of Robert and Olive (Duhrkopf) Rhea was born, July 14, 1925, in Grundy Center, Iowa. She received her education in the Sumner Public Schools and graduated from Sumner High School in 1943. Rachel received a business degree from Iowa State Teacher’s College (now known as University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. She was united in marriage to Eugene Miller in 1944, and to this union three children were born, Gary, Mike and Pat. She worked as a waitress at the Waterloo Airport for over twenty years. She thoroughly enjoyed waitressing, getting to interact with new people every day. She was united in marriage with George Yuhouse in 1957, and to this union one child was born, Tammy. On October 14, 1979, she was united in marriage with Robert Kirchhoff. Rachel was very active with the farm work. While living and working on their farm, she was also a waitress at the Sumner Café where she worked until retiring at the age of 83. She and Robert were married for twenty-five years until his death in 2005. She remained working and living on the farm until her death. Rachel was a long time member of Union United Methodist Church where she was very active in the church women’s groups. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary for over forty years. Rachel enjoyed reading, watching the news, and following politics. She was very dedicated to maintaining her health, swimming twice a week, bike riding, daily treadmill workouts,  and did so throughout her eighties.

Rachel is survived by her four children, Gary (Kathy) Miller of Tracy, California, Michael (Lynda) Miller of Sumner, Patricia Heller of Sumner, and Tammy (Mike) Loftus of Waterloo; one stepson, Richard (Annette) Kirchhoff of Ferryville, Wisconsin; five stepdaughters, Karen (Dan) Mulawski of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ann (Steven) Baumgarn of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Patty Listenbee of Beloit, Wisconsin, Jane (Charlie) Burleson of Prescott Valley, Arizona and Barbara (Duane) Senft of Postville; thirty-two grandchildren, Christopher Rhea Miller, Andrea Moccia, Michael Joseph Miller, Michelle “Meme” Miller, Shane Miller, Stacie Boess, Gary F. Heller, Heather Bruess, Melanie Honn, and  Jessica Loftus, Lars Blomberg, Alyssa Rohnkohl,  Britt Marinan, Christopher Baumgarn, Chas and Shana Listenbee, Sheri Sandoval,  Billy Burleson, Jamieson, Ross, and Roy Senft, Michael, John, Raymond, Shawn, and Nicholas Kirchhoff, Chad, Stacey, Kari, and Brad Wright, and Angel and Abby Olson; and forty-eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Heller; a son-in-law, Gerald Heller and a step-son-in-law, Charles Listenbee.


Sandy Jaschen on April 25, 2016 at 12:32 PM said:

Sending our sympathy for your great loss. Rachel was always so good to my Dad when he was still with us and living close by them. Dad and Bob were such good friends.

May you find comfort in your great memories and know that she touched many lives.

Sandy Jaschen
Anonymous on April 9, 2016 at 6:19 AM said:

Kenny and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of Rachael's family! May you find comfort knowing she is at peace! She will be deeply missed ......
Anonymous on April 9, 2016 at 6:19 AM said:

Kenny and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of Rachael's family! May you find comfort knowing she is at peace! She will be deeply missed ......
Carol Mutschler on April 8, 2016 at 8:43 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Rachel's passing. She was a very wonderful lady with a passion for life and all it had to offer. Sympathy to all of her family. Delmar & Carol Mutschler
Isaac Richmond on April 7, 2016 at 4:05 PM said:

Very wonderful lady that will be missed. My prayers go out to her entire family and friends that knew her. I will miss her for sure. God bless.

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